27 Sep '13, 4pm

Why We Need Open Charge Protocols for Electric Cars in the U.S.

Why We Need Open Charge Protocols for Electric Cars in the U.S.

It's one thing to know that EV stations exist. And at this stage, another thing to know that you can, without a doubt, gain access and pay. The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) this week launched a global standards initiative in the electric vehicle charging industry. The organization, which replaces an existing organization, the OCPP Steering Group, is a global consortium of electric vehicle charging infrastructure companies. It is aiming to solve the problem of electric car owners having to maintain memberships with multiple charging networks; as well as the limitations that closed proprietary networks place on the expansion of EV charging infrastructure. The OCA's solution is to create open standards for all charging station networks. Open Standards, Open Access OCPP, or Open Charge Point Protocol, is a data communications protocol used by several charging station manufacture...

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